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Friday, February 18, 2011, 8:00 pm
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One of rock’s most beloved and enduring bands, Goo Goo Dolls recently released their ninth studio album, Something For The Rest Of Us. The album features the singles, "Home" and "Notbroken." The album was produced by Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, David Bowie) with additional production by Butch Vig (Green Day, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, etc.), John Fields (Paul Westerberg, Jimmy Eat World) and Goo Goo Dolls.

The result showcases more of the well-crafted songs and timeless lyrics that have been such an integral part of the Goo Goo Dolls’ continuing success. Written and recorded over the past couple of years, Something For The Rest Of Us delivers another dose of emotionally charged, well-crafted rock songs such as "Sweetest Lie," "One Night," and "Soldier." With his songwriting, Rzeznik confronts some of the issues that have become part of many people’s everyday lives.

"I wanted some of the material on this album to address the disillusionment of the difficult period we live in; I wanted to give a voice to the emotional uncertainty that accompanies hard times." So many people are struggling to keep it together through tough economic conditions and two wars that seem to have no end in sight. The ones who bear the brunt of these burdens are everyday people. That’s who I want to speak to."

Something For The Rest Of Us is the follow up to 2006’s Let Love In, which marked the Goo Goo Dolls’ 20th anniversary as a band. The album spawned several Top 10 singles, including "Better Days," "Stay With You," and the title track, which gave them their record-breaking twelfth Top 10 hit. Their thirteenth, "Before It’s Too Late," appeared on the blockbuster Transformers soundtrack. Goo Goo Dolls have racked up four Grammy nominations and sold more than 10 million albums. Rzeznik has also been the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Songwriter Award.

Canadian singer/songwriter, Steven Page, will be opening the show in support of his first solo outing since departing the highly successful band he co-founded, wrote and performed with for more than 20 years, Barenaked Ladies. The new album, Page One was recently released and explores the universal themes of love, loss and new beginnings deeply experienced by Steven during the writing process.

Steven Page’s distinctive voice is among the most recognized in popular music and Page One is immediately familiar but undeniably fresh as he captains the ship in the album’s opener, ‘A New Shore.’ To navigate this sea, Steven assembled a first-rate crew, beginning with co-writing the songs with Stephen Duffy and Craig Northey (The Odds). The album is co-produced by Steven and John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, The Replacements); the two playing most instruments, along with guests Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello); Esthero; Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket); Kevin Fox; Prince’s NPG brass section, The Hornheads; Bryden, Jesse and Jay Baird (Feist); and the late Will Owsley in one of his last recordings.
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